To Do for Week 1: Introduction to Novel WritingPosted: August 22, 2013
61 people 85 people are following this blog. I was totally not expecting this.
Students enrolled in the course at Ball State will be known as INSIDE (the fishbowl).
People following the course via the blog will be designated as OUTSIDE (the fishbowl).
There will be two types posts each week.
Do This: from ME, which will lay out the week’s schedule, the topics to be discussed, and any due dates. These will go up on Tuesday.
Report: from INSIDE students. They will “cover” the class for OUTSIDE students and share their experiences/epiphanies/progress/frustrations. Report posts will go up the following Tuesday.
(For those outside the fishbowl, there will be a little lag time for you between what I say we’re doing “this week” and the students’ reports.)
Accountability: Anytime I say “Send me your weekly words,” I’m referring to INSIDE students only. That’s how I hold them accountable. However, I recommend that Outside students find someone to whom they can send their Weekly Words, too. The more you do to make yourself accountable for getting this work done, the more likely you are to benefit from this experience! Using social media is one easy way to do that. Think of it as “checking in” at Crossfit or sharing your run results via MapMyRun.
Getting Up To Speed
This weekend, the Outside students should probably spend some time:
- reading this post.
- Thinking about what kind of novel they want to write.
- Reading the syllabus.
- Reading the course policy.
Which of these are you willing to commit to?
- write at least 2,000 words a week, every week.
- read the books we’re reading.
- reverse storyboard a book of your choice
- start a blog yourself and share your journey
- find a beta group (IRL or online) who you can trade work with this term
Week 1: Moving from “Story” to “Book”
- How is writing a novel different from writing short stories? How do we have to write differently, think differently, read differently?
- What will be your writing regimen this semester? Think about your answers to these questions.
Weekly Words: Practice Run: No word count minimum or maximum. Turn in via email to my gmail by Sunday 8/25 at 5 PM. Focus: Tell me about the novel you plan to write. You must tell me about:
- The CHARACTER/S
- The EVENT/S–the inciting incident, a few major plot points, a vague sense of what’s going to happen
- The TYPE of novel you’re writing. Is it sci-fi-ish, a realistic coming of age story, a historical novel, a fantasy, a satire? If you aren’t sure, name a few other books and/or authors that you think might be similar or that you’re inspired by. I need to put the INSIDE students in groups according to the type of novel they’re writing. No word count minimum this week.
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